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United Nations – Diplomats: US Objects To UN Move On Israeli Action In Hebron

February 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM
United Nations - Kuwait and Indonesia urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to call for protection of Palestinians following Israel's decision to suspend an international observer mission in Hebron, where hundreds of hardline Jewish settlers live alongside more than 200,000 Palestinians, but diplomats said the United States objected. The two predominantly Muslim nations on the council...

Reykjavik – Popular Singer In Iceland Compares Jews To Nazis

February 6, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Reykjavik, Iceland - A popular disc jockey and pop singer in Iceland compared Jews to Nazis. Pall Oskar, known abroad as Paul Oscar, who was Iceland’s representative to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, is calling on Iceland to pull out of the event since it is being held in Israel. During an interview Tuesday on the national radio broadcaster.Rás 1, Oskar crossed over from criticism...

Beirut – Cornered In Syria, IS Lays Groundwork For A New Insurgency

February 6, 2019 at 11:03 PM
Beirut - The Islamic State gunmen came out of hiding in the middle of the night and set up a checkpoint on a rural road in eastern Syria. For several hours, they stopped those passing and searched through their mobile phones to check their allegiances, until they vanished again into the desert. One young man, an education worker, got through the checkpoint safely. But when he got to his...

Washington – Analysis: Trump Bets Re-election On Immigration, Socialism

February 6, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - From the biggest stage in U.S. politics, President Donald Trump made clear that on the defining issue of his presidency — immigration — he cannot or will not change his hard-line approach heading into 2020. Yet the Republican president drew a new frame around his Democratic opposition, warning in his second State of the Union address that the rise of socialism on the left...

New York – Ouch! Some Business Owners May Be Shocked By Lost Tax Breaks

February 6, 2019 at 10:25 PM
New York - As small business owners compile their income tax returns, they may have an unpleasant surprise — some popular business deductions have disappeared or been reduced under the new tax law. While the law gave small business owners new tax breaks including a 20 percent deduction in income for many sole proprietors, partners and owners of S corporations, Congress took back deductions...

Washington – Trump Speech Viewed By 46.8 Million Viewers

February 6, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's State of the Union address was seen by 46.8 million television viewers, an increase over his 2018 speech. The Nielsen company said the speech, which was delayed by the government shutdown, topped last year's audience of 45.6 million. His first such address before Congress in 2017 was seen by 47.7 million. The Trump-friendly Fox News Channel dominated...

Washington – Trump Now Says He Wants More Legal Immigration

February 6, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump says he's now in favor of more legal immigration because of economic gains on his watch. Trump raised eyebrows in his State of the Union speech Tuesday when he said he wanted people "to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally." His policy positions to date do not reflect that wish. Asked Wednesday during a...

Washington – Banks Weigh Whether To Embrace Or Avoid Progressive Firebrand Ocasio-Cortez

February 6, 2019 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Court, avoid or sideline? Barely a month into the new Congress, financial lobbyists in Washington are already strategizing how to handle the star power of rookie Democrat lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Democratic Socialist and Wall Street critic joined the 60-member House Financial Services Committee in mid-January and more than a dozen lobbyists interviewed by Reuters...

Jerusalem – Study: Charedim More Likely To Volunteer, Donate To Charity Than Other Jews

February 6, 2019 at 08:35 PM
Jerusalem - Members of the charedi community are more likely to give money to charity than other sectors of the Jewish population and are more likely to volunteer their time to help others, a study has found. The research was conducted by the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs based on figures from a two year study by the Central Bureau of Statistics from 2015 to 2017. According to the...

New York – Telemedicine’s Challenge: Getting Patients To Click The App

February 6, 2019 at 08:06 PM
New York - Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit. The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and treated remotely. But patients have been slow to embrace virtual care. Eighty percent of mid-size and large U.S. companies...

Washington – Some Workers Still Unpaid After Shutdown, Dread What’s Next

February 6, 2019 at 07:31 PM
Washington - Nearly two weeks after the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S history, many federal workers still have not received their back pay or have only gotten a fraction of what they are owed as government agencies struggle with payroll glitches and other delays. And even as they scramble to catch up on unpaid bills and to repay unemployment benefits, the prospect of another...

Washington – 2018 Was 4th Warmest, But Next 5 Years Could Break Records

February 6, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Washington - While 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, British meteorologists are predicting the next five years will be much hotter, maybe even record-breaking. Two U.S. agencies, the United Kingdom Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization analyzed global temperatures in slightly different ways, but each came to the same conclusion Wednesday: 2018 was the fourth-warmest...

Washington – Chief Justice ‘Back And Forth’ On Attending State Of Union

February 6, 2019 at 06:33 PM
Washington - Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that he's gone "back and forth" on whether U.S. Supreme Court justices should attend the State of the Union address. Roberts told some Belmont University law students and prominent lawyers Wednesday that the president's annual speech to Congress is an important civic ceremony, and one that he has attended each time while he's been on the...

Washington – Trump Predicts All IS Territory Will Be Cleared Next Week

February 6, 2019 at 06:05 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria over the objections of some of his most senior national security advisers. The...

New York – NYPD Takes On Waze, Calls For Repeal Of Features Allowing Drivers To Evade The Law

February 6, 2019 at 05:30 PM
New York - Citing criminal conduct concerns, the NYPD is insisting that a new Waze feature that alerts drivers of police checkpoints be removed immediately, warning that failure to do so could result in legal action. Streets Blog NYC (http://bit.ly/2WNVKpN) reported that Waze recently rolled out speed trap warnings, giving drivers the ability to report police roadblocks to the app which shares...

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